This irks me no end. Yes, the pope makes a pretense of trying to lead a simple life BUT he invariably surrounds himself with gold. There is nothing in the Bible that says he need gold to give him credibility.
And as for the Vatican’s insane wealth — or for that matter the opulence in which Church prelates continue to live.
I no longer think that Francis is a hypocrite when it come to this matter — i.e., telling us to abandon wealth while the Vatican and the prelates continue to accumulate and glorify.
No, I just think he is TOO STUPID to realize what he is saying and the hypocrisy involved!